Rainbows and Unicorns- it’s Folksy Friday!

It’s Folksy Friday! Through May and June the talented people at Folksy, and Leanne Warren of LEAPUP are sharing an animation featuring folksy sellers work, and this Friday a Shirley Rainbow piece is part of it!

Rainbow Flower Lavender Bags from my Folksy Shop, and the Rainbow flower was specially made for Leanne and the animation. Click HERE to view the animation on YouTube.

The theme is Rainbows and Unicorns, which has delighted my five year old daughter, and I thought I’d show off lots of the lovely rainbow and unicorn products available on Folksy, handmade by talented crafters. I’ve created a Pinterest board you can check out here, and here are a few favourites…

Rainbow Felt picture by Roses Felt Workshop

Rainbow Cloud Mobile by Touch of Whimsy Co

Wooden Rainbow Bird by Julie Love Little Works of Art

Rainbow Embroidery Kit by Miesje Chafer

Fairy Unicorn Dress by The Little Fairy

Unicorn Map Card by Piccola Crafts

Unicorn and Cupcake Tic Tac Toe by Handmade Retro Jewellery

Unicorn Hand knitted jumper by Jolly Jumpers Knitwear

Click here to view the other animations from Folksy, there’s a zombie sloth singing a song and some very cute needle felted chicks…

Teresa x

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All about the (nearly finished) Stitch Sampler

My stitch sampler is finally finished being stitched! Actually it was done a few weeks ago but never mind. I kept thinking I wouldn’t do a blog post about it until I’d finished mounting it etc but that may not be for some time now as when I washed the piece the hand dyed thread I had used ran, and has stained the fabric. I need to try and sort that before mounting it properly.

Anyway. Here is the finished stitching.

It took almost 30 hours to do in total.

I’ve done four close up photos, one of each section with a list of stitches below. I used The Needlecraft Stitch Directory by Sarah Whittle, The A-Z of Crewel Embroidery from SearchPress and online tutorials by Nicole at Cloud Craft for reference.

From the left to right:

Couching with variegated thread

Fly Stitch to create a zigzag

Fern Stitch

Straight Stitch

Running Stitch

Coral Stitch

Chain Stitch

Whipped Back Stitch

Interlaced Running Stitch in two colours

Blanket Stitch

Magic Chain Stitch

Closed Feather Stitch

Chain Stitch

Running Stitch with 3 strands of floss

Tied Herringbone Stitch

Feather Stitch with French Knots

Leaf Stitch

From the top down:

Herringbone Stitch

Whipped Running Stitch

Laced Back Stitch

Back Stitch with Lazy Daisy

Chevron Stitch – my favourite!

Chain Stitch in 6 strands of floss

Open Chain Stitch / Ladder stitch

Raised Chain Stitch

Feather Stitch

Upright Cross Stitch

Double Whipped Detached Chain Stitch

Straight Stitch

Couching

From left to right, in ‘columns’:

Japanese Darning

Square Laid Filling in single strands of floss

Laid Trellis work with French Knots

Double Cross Stitch

Cloud Filling Stitch

French Knots and Lazy Daisy

Battlement Filling Stitch

Basket Stitch

Couched Filling stitch

From the top right corner outwards:

Blanket Stitch partial pinwheel

Straight Stitch – this is where the dye has run.

Double Blanket Stitch

French Knots with 6 strands, 3 strands and 2 strands of floss

Fern Stitch

Cable Stitch

Blanket Stitch Pinwheel (orange) 6 strands of floss.

Couched Circle (pale pink)

Blanket Stitch Pinwheel (teal, 2 strands of floss)

Woven Circle

Blanket Stitch Pinwheel-pink.

Spider’s Web Circle – whipped

Japanese Knot

Wheat sheaf stitch

Now I’ve done this I just want to keep going and do more. I might start another large sampler with more stitches I still haven’t tried…

I did make this set of two mini Stitch Samplers for my Folksy shop. I think they would be a cute addition to an embroidery hoop gallery wall, or in a sewing room! I’m possibly addicted to trying new embroidery stitches!

Teresa x

All the good things

Last year for my birthday I was a very lucky girl, I got an iPad Pro and pencil. I very quickly bought Procreate too and have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to use it to create digital designs. I’ve had some of these printed onto fabric and have tried some embroidery over the top. I used Prinfab to do the digital prints, I was really pleased with the quality.

This is the first sample I did, using wool embroidery yarn, and I’ve kept this for myself!

Two of my designs are now available in my Folksy shop.

I’ve used DMC embroidery threads to add the details and it gives a nice texture to the finished piece.

I also created a repeat pattern printed fabric, although I’m still too scared to cut into it! It was inspired by the badges I make, and the tiny bits of embroidery they feature.

Other new products that I’ve recently added to my shop are these Lavender Bags. I’ve made them using off cuts of felt and fabric from other embroidery projects, so they are reducing waste as well as being fun to make, and even though I say it myself, rather cute. I’ll be making more for definite! The lavender used for stuffing is grown in my own garden, and most of the ribbons used are recycled too, from gift wrap and clothing.

And finally, a new craft magazine arrived on the shelves of all good newsagents this week! It’s from the Take a Break family and is full of simple craft projects, including one from me! I designed a pattern for some crochet coasters which work up quickly in Aran yarn. The magazine is only £1.99, a bargain I’m sure you’ll agree. I’m also in there giving advice about keeping your embroidery and cross stitch projects neat!

Teresa x

Five years of Shirley Rainbow (and a giveaway!)

I am celebrating my 5th year of Shirley Rainbow! I can’t quite believe I’ve been doing this for 5 years. The first item I listed in my Folksy shop was this card, and off I went! I’ve learned all sorts of things- from how to set up and build my own website (I embedded code…. never thought I’d say that or even know what it meant), to how to organise myself and stock for craft fairs and an exhibition, and how to take reasonable photos. I’ve done wholesale orders and commissions and learned how to crochet too along the way. Folksy has been a great platform to sell with and the support I’ve received via their blog, chat forums and Facebook groups has been fabulous.

So to celebrate and say thanks for everyone’s ongoing support for Shirley Rainbow I thought I’d do a giveaway.

The first giveaway prize is this embroidered bird. It’s part of my new digital print collection. It is hand embroidered with DMC thread on cotton and measures 6” across. I’ll do three runner up prizes of these badges, made of hand embroidered wool felt and faux leather.

Soooo…. to enter: follow my blog, like this post and leave a comment! Open worldwide. This giveaway will also run from my Instagram. I’ll put all the names in a hat and draw a winner on Tuesday 18th Feb (my actual Shirley Rainbow Birthday) at 8pm, and I will notify the winners. Good luck!

Teresa x

** This giveaway is not affiliated with WordPress or Instagram in any way.**

Handmade for Valentine’s Day

If you go to your newsagent today (in the U.K!) you will be able to buy Take a Break Monthly magazine featuring an embroidery tutorial by me!

It’s a Valentines inspired piece but there are plenty of ways to personalise it for other occasions such as wedding or anniversaries? Perhaps even a Christening gift.

It’s in the monthly magazine and the front cover looks like this:

It was really fun designing this project and I learned a few things about working with a magazine as well.

However (blatant advert for my own shop coming up) if you don’t fancy making a gift for Valentine’s Day there are some really rather nice bits in my Folksy shop

And also these beautiful pieces from other sellers on Folksy

Dottery Pottery – Trinket Dish

Vanilla Wind – Little Bunnies

Love Lottie Knits – Lavender Hearts

I thought this card from Gaynor Marshall Designs was pretty apt for me!

Xx Teresa

Folksy Friday- my sewing themed Folksy finds

It’s Folksy Friday! A wonderful day where Folksy Shop owners share the wonderful wares of their fellow shop owners across the World Wide Web.

I’ve decided to theme my Folksy Friday on sewing. I’m missing sewing, especially dressmaking, at the moment, as I’m so busy making Shirley Rainbow stock for craft fairs at the moment. I’ve had a lovely browse of sewing themed products on Folksy and found some gorgeous items I’d be very happy to find under the Christmas tree (hint hint!)

These beautiful scissor earrings are from Rock Rose Jewellery . I love the detail on them with that tiny little screw!

This cute whale kit really appealed to me, I like his happy face. The kit is from Windswept Girle.

I’m sure this beautiful Singer Sewing Machine Print would look lovely on the wall above my sewing table. It’s A4 in size and is from By Charlie’s Hand .

I have many many handmade Christmas Decorations, but no sewing machines! This is so detailed, and is made with free machine embroidery by Emma Louise Corry.

This is a truly amazing piece of kit for any sewer, and the story behind it is very interesting. Its made from an original Victorian sewing pattern, and is called a sewing casket! It’s from Katrina Krafts.

I couldn’t resist including this cute cat Needle Case by Kate Rowe Design . The cat has such personality!

Büchertiger Supplies stock beautiful sewing threads and embroidery floss. I was particularly drawn to these 3ply French Linen Sewing threads, the colours are gorgeous and I like the little cards they are presented on, too.

Tote bags are always handy, I’ve got quite a few and can always find a use for more! Craft themed ones are best (obviously) and I really like this one by Woah There Pickle.

Finally another pair of earrings, super cute Button Studs from By Victoria in sterling silver. I had a lovely pair of earrings like this years ago that I bought on a holiday to Barcelona, unfortunately one of them broke and I’ve never seen a pair like them since, until now!

And that’s it, all my sewing themed Folksy Friday finds! I’ll be sharing these across my social media too, to support Folksy’s campaign to support handmade and small businesses. Every sale to a small, independent business really matters, to read more on why check out the Just A Card website!

Folksy are also offering 20 free listings to all shops, old and new this weekend, so if you are thinking of setting up an online shop maybe now is the time!

Teresa x

PS- I’m not being sponsored by Folksy for this post, I just really want to support them! I love the community I’m part of through Folksy and have learned so much with their support!

The busiest month of my year

June is a lovely busy month here at Shirley Rainbow HQ. I’ve just finished my time as Folksy Featured Maker, which was really fun. You can read my interview here. I was also asked to write a short piece for their blog about Hoop Art, which you can read here, which shares some of the wonderful embroidery available from Folksy.

Today I set up my display for Art in Shops which is part of Sherwood Art Week. Lots of shops let local artists and crafts people use their shop windows to display their work for a week. My textile and embroidery hoop art (above) is on display (and available to buy!!) at TSB and Sherwood News at 656 Mansfield Road. I’m looking forward to the Secret Garden Craft Fair tomorrow, and seeing all the yarn bombing. The exhibition I’m taking part in starts next Friday, at Sherwood Methodist Church, Mansfield Road, Nottingham; I’ll be there to help with invigilating the exhibition on Friday lunch time. I’ll do a blog next week with all the fun stuff that went on. If you’re in the area though, Sherwood Art week is a great event with lots to do and see, check their website for all the details.

It’s also Just A Card week next week, which is an online campaign to support all designers and makers, encouraging people to buy from and support independent shops as every sale counts, even ‘just a card’! I’ll be taking part in their Instagram challenge next week.

Images courtesy of Just A Card.

I’ve also got both of my children’s birthdays in the next two weeks, and I’m making a dress for a wedding I’m going to on the 30th June! Yikes! I’d better crack on with it…

Teresa xx